Saturday, April 08, 2017

Brit Sweep: April 8, 2017...

It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums reaching the charts in the UK this week...

On the official British singles chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" remains on top for a 13th week. It's now the song with the sixth most weeks at the top (set by Frankie Laine's "I Believe" with 18 in 1953)...

American rapper Kendrick Lamar has the highest new entry at #21 with "Humble". It's the lead single from his upcoming fourth album. It's his second top-40 hit here as a lead artist; the other, "i", only made it a notch higher at #20 in 2014...


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Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris rolls in at #25 with "Heat Stroke" featuring Pharrell Williams, rapper Young Thug, and Ariana Grande. It comes five weeks after Harris' "Slide", which also rises a couple notches to #12 this week after a high of #10...



Cheat Codes, a pair of DJs from Los Angeles, pop in at #54 with "No Promises" featuring Demi Lovato. Last year they made it to #9 with the Salt-N-Pepa rework "Sex"...


Mo Adeniran, who just won the recent season of The Voice UK, sees the song he performed in the final, a cover of the X Ambassadors' "Unsteady", arrive on the chart at #78. Also the song was a top-40 hit in the States, it never came out here as a single...


London production duo Disciples, who had gone to #1 with Calvin Harris on "How Deep Is Your Love" in 2015, return on their own at #81 with "On My Mind"...


American bro-dance duo The Chainsmokers puff in at #84 with "The One", a track off their just-released album Memories...Do Not Open. The pair's collaboration with Coldplay, "Something Just Like This", climbs to #5...


Nigerian singer/songwriter Wizkid, who appeared on one of the biggest songs of last year, Drake's "One Dance", brings his own "Come Closer", with Drake now supporting him, to #88...


Meanwhile, on the albums chart in this country, Ed Sheeran's Divide album spends its fifth week at #1...

Veteran alternative dance act Jamiroquai are back at #4 with their eighth studio album Automaton. They've topped the chart four times, with their debut Emergency On Planet Earth in 1993, and back-to-back sets Synkronized in 1999 and A Funk Odyssey in 2001, as well as their greatest hits set High Times in 2006...


Another long-standing electronic-dance group, Goldfrapp, also return at #6 with their seventh studio set Silver Eye. Their last five have all made the top-10, with Supernature and Seventh Tree hitting #2 in 2005 and 2008...


The kiddie karaoke franchise Kidz Bop has reached these shore, with their first Kidz Bop album coming in at #7. It includes UK hits like Little Mix's "Shout Out To My Ex", Calum Scott's "Dancing On My Own", and Clean Bandit's "Tears"..


American hard rock band Mastodon enter at #11 with their Empreror Of Sand album. Their last set, Once More 'Round The Sun, went to #10...


Newly-minted Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan is back at #17 with his 38th studio album Triplicate. It's a 3-disc set of cover songs. Eight of his albums have topped the chart in the UK, dating back to his second, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, which did the trick in 1965 (two years after its release)...


British Sea Power, an indie-rock band from Brighton, sails in at #21 with Let The Dancers Inherit The Party. In 2008 they took Do You Like Rock Music? to #10.


Blues rock band Stone Foundation's Street Rituals album, produced by Britpop legend Paul Weller, digs in at #25. It's personally one of my favorite records of this year so far, with cameos from Weller, Bettye Lavette, and William Bell...







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